Ok all, so here is a GREAT appetizer for you to share with your friends and family on game day, a tailgating favorite!!! Again, super duper simple! This is a trend with recipes I post, because I am super simple and can’t find a ton of time with a 19 mo. old running around! He likes to help with EVERYTHING when I am in the kitchen, so fast and easy is key!!!
one package of pepperonis ( you can use regular or turkey pepperonis- prefer nitrite free)
1 bag of cheese (8 oz)
8 oz cream cheese – softened
1 jar of pizza sauce (i find the lowest carb option- the last one I bought was great value – 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup)
1 package of low carb tortillas (to make chips out of of!) or raw veggies of your choice – such as celery, cauliflower, or carrots; I use the Extreme Wellness Low Carb High Fiber wraps (just find one no > than 5-7 net carbs; total carbs- fiber= net carbs)
spread softened cream cheese evenly in an 8×8 pan
pour pizza sauce evenly on top of cream cheese (you are going to be layering this)
next spread the shredded cheese on top of the pizza sauce
finally place pepperonis on top (enough to cover, may not need entire package)
Bake in oven at 350 for approx 20 min or until cheese is melted and golden brown
CHIPS: cut low carb tortilla into 1/8 pieces (like a pie). rub small amount of olive oil over top and lightly salt it. place on chip maker (see below)
I bought a chip maker from pampered chef, but I know many people who do it without. I find the chip maker adds some crispiness to them! and they are only $20-30 from either pampered chef, amazon, or Bed Bath and Beyond. I have also seen them on the target website! ( I tried to post a pic, but I can’t get my computer to cooperate :) If you just google pampered chef chip maker it will pop up! It has definitely been a great investment for us!
place in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes depending on microwave power. I would start with 1 1/2 min and if not crispy enough, increase by 15-30 second increments. This is a great way to get the crunch and enjoy “chips and dip” without lots of added carbs.
obviously you can always enjoy the pizza dip by itself, OR with some raw veggies such as celery!
The low carb chips can also be used with salsa or queso, another tailgating fav!!
If preparing an appetizer for a large group, prepare an entire pack of “low- carb wrap chips” for everyone to enjoy! Some say they are best right out of the microwave, but I think they are great even when made in advance! My husband and son enjoy them too, so it passes my test!!
Happy tailgating! and hopefully we can come away with a WIN this weekend!!! Go Vols!